He is a prominent anti-Modi intellectual. The Indian government wants him behind bars.

Washington Post article by Niha Masih

In his old life, Anand Teltumbde — one of India’s preeminent scholars on caste — would spend his days teaching students and conducting research.

Now he is just trying to stay out of jail.

In recent months, Teltumbde has been swept up in a government crackdown on lawyers and activists.
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Who is Anand Teltumbde, and why was he arrested recently?

Academic and columnist Anand Teltumbde is not only one of India’s foremost public intellectuals, he is also someone known for speaking truth to power. In his column ‘Margin Speak’ in the Economic and Political Weekly, he has been scathing in his criticism of the Narendra Modi government, especially over issues of social welfare, communal harmony, and the persecution of social activists. Read more

Bhima Koregaon: Academic Anand Teltumbde gets interim protection from arrest

The Bombay High Court on Monday extended academic Anand Teltumbde’s interim protection from arrest until the next hearing of his plea for anticipatory bail on February 22. Teltumbde is being investigated for his alleged connection with violence that broke out at Bhima Koregaon near Pune in January 2018. The High Court added that in the case of arrest, Teltumbde could be released on bail after providing a bond of Rs 1 lakh. Teltumbde has also been directed to appear before the investigating officer of the case on February 14 and 18. …Read more

BJP govt wants to defame intellectuals: Anand Teltumbde

Q. What is your message to the world? A: The world knows it but the Indians ought to know that none of them are secure — it is not me but the manner in which the entire plot is hatched out of nothing. A policeman can destroy their life with this method…Read more

Academics Demand Dropping Charges Against Teltumbde, Other Activists

Over 600 signatories from major universities in North America and Europe have asked the government to stop the “witch-hunt”.

New Delhi: Over 600 international scholars, from major universities in North America, Europe – including Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, Chicago, Penn, Cornell, MIT to Oxford, and the London School of Economics – have signed a statement of support for Anand Teltumbde, and urged the governments of India and Maharashtra to bring the “witch-hunt” to an immediate halt.

Leading American and European academics have signed the statement, expressing deep outrage at the “blatant misuse” of the law to persecute Teltumbde. Signatories include Elizabeth Woods of Yale, Cornel West and Doris Sommer of Harvard, Robin Kelley and Eric Sheppard of UCLA, Mriganka Sur of MIT, and Cindi Katz of the City University of New York. Read more…

From toilet breaks to cancer tests, Bhima Koregaon accused in Pune prison forced to fight for basics

Eighty-year-old Varavara Rao asked for a mattress to sleep on inside Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail last month. He was given extra blankets instead. When his lawyer challenged this in court, the authorities took back the blankets. Read more…

Prof. Teltumbde’s Arrest ‘Illegal’: Pune Court Releases Him On Bail

A Pune City Court has released scholar and civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde on Bail, reports Indian Express The Pune Police arrested him from Mumbai airport around 3.30 AM today, despite a Supreme Court order which granted him interim protection from arrest for four weeks from January 14. The Court termed his arrest illegal. Read more…